Friday, May 23, 2014

Rockies Today, May 23

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Montana FWP Commission OKs changes to wolf quotas, plan
At its meeting Thursday, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved the state's wolf hunting regulations for the 2014 season that differs in just three respects from the current plan, including reducing the wolf quota from four to three in one district near Yellowstone National Park, and putting out for public comment a proposal to allow trapping in three wildlife management areas and another proposal to allow landowners to kill up to 100 problem wolves.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; May 23

Chief of Canada's largest railroad touts new safety strategy
In an interview Thursday, Claude Mongeau, CEO of Canadian National Railway, said improvements over the past decade have helped make the two largest railroads in Canada the safest in North America, and he said a new three-pronged safety initiative will only make rail transport safer, including adoption of the United States' "OT-55 key train policy," which imposes lower speed limits and higher safety standards on trains hauling flammable loads.
Edmonton Journal; May 23

Utah solar-power producers push back on proposed net-metering fee
Rocky Mountain Power wants Utah customers that feed excess electricity produced by their small solar-power installations to pay a $4.25-per-month net-metering fee to help pay the fixed costs of the transmission system, but Beehive State homeowners are resisting the charge.
Salt Lake Tribune; May 23

USFS chief touts bill to treat wildfires like other natural disasters
At the Large Wildland Fires Conference at the University of Montana in Missoula on Thursday, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said that the agency needs a new funding model to pay the costs of fighting larger, more catastrophic wildfires and that a bill currently before Congress that would move those costs into the same fund that pays costs of dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes and tornadoes is the best solution.
Missoulian; May 23

Clean-coal technology on the agenda of Wyoming legislators' trip to China
A bipartisan group of Wyoming legislators will leave June 7 for a 10-day trip to China to visit three coal producing provinces in that country, with the travel expenses of the trip being paid with funds raised by the Jackson Hole Center for Global Affairs, which is working to encourage the U.S. and China to work together to develop clean-coal technology.
Casper Star-Tribune; May 23

Interior secretary rolls out public-private program to improve federal lands
On Thursday, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a $6.7-million program funded primarily by Wells Fargo & Co. with $1.9 million contributed by the federal government, that will fund work by 1,500 young volunteers on public lands in 20 states, including Arizona, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming,
Idaho Statesman (AP); May 23

Worker housing study underway in 3 Wyoming, 1 Idaho county
The Teton County Housing Authority is sending surveys out to employers in the Wyoming county and making those surveys available at places in Jackson seeking information from workers living in Wyoming's Fremont, Madison and Teton counties as well as Idaho's Teton County about their living conditions, where they work, where they live now and where they'd like to live.
Jackson Hole Daily; May 23

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